Nowadays, the most popular WordPress slider is the full width sliderr. Full width sliders fill the browser horizontally, but not vertically, because their width depends on the browser width. In other words, the full width slider isn’t as high as the browser, but fills the entire screen with the slide. Our free full width slider looks fantastic on any website and on any screen. Sliders are great to catch the visitor’s attention and direct them to a specific part of your site. For example, they can click on a call to action button to learn more about the site’s services. Although not every free full width slider plugin makes it possible to add buttons to the slides, Smart Slider 3, the best free slider for WordPress does.
A full width slider is a great way to show nice images on any site. Apart from looking good, the slider can serve a greater purpose. A call to action button is one of the most common examples for this purpose. It’s useful to direct the visitor to a specific page of the site immediately. This great usage is the reason why many themes have a full width position for sliders. Usually, this featured position is below or above the main navigation menu.
Use the best rated free WordPress slider on your site
Smart Slider 3 is the best rated free full width slider plugin in the WordPress Plugin Directory. More than 70.000 happy users choose this free full width slider for their website. The slider looks and makes you feel like a premium slider, while it’s totally free. It offers everything to create a beautiful responsive full width image slider. There are beautiful transitions to choose from, and the slides can play automatically. The sliders you create will look wonderful on your WordPress site. While the speed of a website is always a great concern, you don’t have to worry about it. Smart Slider 3 is not just the best slider, but it’s one of the fastest slider ones as well.
Smart Slider 3 is the perfect choice for your site
There are many free WordPress sliders around there. They offer multiple features, and they are more or less user friendly. It also varies how easy and quick it is to create a new slider in them. In Smart Slider 3, it’s easy to find your way even if this is the first time of using it. The interface is clear and simple, every action is straightforward. Creating a new slider and adding slides are quick and easy processes. When you create your slider, you can even choose a slider preset. Using a preset you can set up a thumbnail slider or a slider with captions faster. Even without the presets, it takes just a couple of clicks to create and publish a slider. Before publishing your work, you can check how the slider looks like using the built-in live preview.
There are lots of customization options to choose from. For example, you might select the responsive mode or the slide transition. As for the transitions, there are six main animations to move your images and layers. For example, they fade in, or slide vertically or horizontally. If you don’t feel like building your slider from scratch, you can import a slider template. These templates are complete sliders, so all you need to do is replace your images and change the texts. After that the slider is ready for publishing, which you can do with a widget or a shortcode. The slider will work just like the demo, filling your site’s width.
Layers help to tell your story
Smart Slider 3 isn’t just a simple full width image slider, it has layers for your content. For example, you can add a nice looking caption, an excerpt of a post, or a button using layers. So layers are great to tell your story and are highly customizable. You might change the color and font family, the background color of each text layer. And there are many more options to select for each layer. All modifications are done in a visual interface, you don’t need coding knowledge. Any text you write to these layers is crawlable by Google, so it’s good for your SEO.
Using layers, you can add YouTube and Vimeo videos to your slides. Adding any of these video layers is especially easy. All you need to do is copy the URL of the video to the respective layer. You can select a cover image, or set the video to autoplay or loop. You might add images, for example, a Facebook or twitter icon and use them as links.
An amazingly responsive free full width slider
Smart Slider 3 is a full width responsive slider and has a great responsive behavior. This means that the sliders you create will look great on any device and screen size. What is more, you can adjust the layers on tablet and mobile view. You might change the font size, or hide a specific layer on any device if it’s not needed there. To avoid your slider getting too small, you can set a minimum slider height. This gives a bigger canvas to move your layers. When you use a text layer, you usually have long text and it’s really hard to make such a long text look good on mobile devices. This is why there is an option to define device specific text at the text layer.
Wonderful control elements for slide navigation
There is a variety of control elements to navigate between the slides. For example, there are arrows for the slide to slide navigation. It’s possible to change the color of the actual arrow, or its background. You have other options to customize their appearance, such as changing their hover state. The bullets are another popular navigation options in a free full-width slider. These are the small dots sitting at the bottom of the slider. Similarly to the arrows, the bullets are customizable as well. You can adjust their color (and much more) and their position. In other words, your bullets don’t have to remain at the bottom center of the slider. For example, you can make them appear at the top left corner.
Another favorite navigation feature is the thumbnail control. The visitor can click on a small thumbnail of the slide to quickly reach it. The highly customizable autoplay is also a great feature of the free full width slider. This feature makes it possible to switch slides without any user action after a given time. For example, in every 8th second, the visitor sees a new slide without having to click on an arrow. This control is useful to allow them to examine the particular slide longer. For example, when there is a long text on it, or when the image is really nice.
Use it with your favorite WordPress theme
Smart Slider 3 is compatible with every WordPress theme. You can use any widget position the theme offers to display a nice full width slider, or you can use the Smart Slider 3 shortcode in one of your posts and pages. The slider will show up and look as great as in your preview. What is even more, you can select the widget or paste its shortcode into any page builder. For example, Divi, Elementor and Beaver Builder work perfectly with the Smart Slider 3. Of course, if you prefer another page builder, that will work with it as well. Although the theme doesn’t always have a good widget position to display the slider. For this case, it’s possible to publish the slider directly to the theme. It’s also useful when you want the slider to show up on many pages in the same position.
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